These five tools are used in every single organizing project I do. Whether it’s a small space or a full room redo, these products are always in my hand. In partnership with HART Tools
As a former home organizer and an 8-year blogger about all things home, I have developed my own methods for organizing a space. While my methods have evolved over the years, one thing has never changed—the tools I use. My dream team of tools are with me during every project, big or small, and they’re essential for creating a clean and organized home. Here’s each one of my faves and how I use them.
1. 25′ Tape Measure
Before you can start any organizing project, the first step is to get accurate measurements. You need to know the size of the room you’re working in, the dimensions of every drawer and cabinet, and even the width of the doorways if you’re bringing in new furniture. (Nothing is worse than buying a large piece and it not fitting through the door.)
I suggest using a 25′ Tape Measure like this one because it’s long enough to measure most rooms but still small enough to not be bulky and heavy when using for smaller projects. For a detailed tutorial on how to measure drawers and cabinets for organizing prep, this post has all my best tips.
2. Cordless Convertible Stick Vacuum
Organizing is a messy job, mostly because you’re pulling out all kinds of clutter that has been jammed in the back of a cabinet or closet for who knows how long. After I clear out a space, I use a cordless stick vacuum to clean it all up. I use the floor attachment for cleaning the entire floor area, and the brush attachment for cleaning shelves, baseboards, and drawers.
I also use the handheld attachments for vacuuming out containers that I’ll be reusing. Bins can collect dust and crumbs just like shelves do, so they need to be vacuumed before refilling. I love this stick vacuum from HART Tools because it is lightweight and easy to convert from a floor to hand vac. Plus it uses the same battery as all HART Tools so you can swap the same battery back and forth throughout the entire organizing project.
3. Power Drill & Impact Driver
No matter what I’m organizing, I almost always need a drill or impact driver. Whether I’m hanging shelving, adding hooks to walls, or just installing new knobs to cabinets and drawers, these two tools are essential. Don’t be intimidated by these power tools, though. A drill and impact driver are both so easy to use, and allow you to maximize wall space storage.
You don’t have to have both, but it’s great if you do. If you can only get one, opt for a brushless cordless drill, which can also be used for driving screws. I really like this combo kit from HART because you get both tools and a storage case for them. Don’t forget the accessory kit which has all the bits you’ll need.
4. Utility Knife
In almost every organizing project, you’re probably buying at least one new bin, container, drawer divider, or specialty organizer. These products are packaged up pretty tightly and regular scissors don’t always do the trick. A utility knife, AKA box cutter, is such a handy tool to keep hooked on your pants pocket while you’re working.
My absolute favorite utility knife is this HART Multifunction Flip Utility Knife. It folds up to take up less space and the retractable blade is super sharp. What makes it unique is that it comes with Phillips and flat head screwdriver bits that can be attached to the bottom of the utility knife. This knocks out the need for having both types of screwdrivers on hand when you’re working. I love this tool!
5. Battery-Operated LED Light
One of the reasons your space got cluttered in the first place is probably a lack of being able to see everything. When I’m cleaning out and refilling an area of my home, I like to have an LED light that can sit on its own versus a flashlight to free me up from having to hold it the whole time. This helps me see in lower kitchen cabinets, deep bathroom cabinets, and tall shelves in hall closets.
I prefer this LED Light from HART because it uses the same 20V battery as my drill and vacuum. I can just have one battery for every tool I’m using. The LED light is super bright and you can adjust where the spotlight points so you can see at any angle.
Want To Know My Exact Process For Organizing Any Space?
I wrote a post for HART Tools’ blog with my exact step-by-step process for how to organize any space, big or small. Whether you’re organizing a drawer, a closet, or a whole garage, this method works for them all. That post will be going live soon, so make sure you follow @HARTtoolsUSA on Instagram and subscribe to their email list for blog updates. Once it’s live, I’ll update this post with a direct link, too.